There is something about the act of creative writing that is especially engaging. In the following exercise, our aim is to do a bit of lateral thinking about God. The exercise involves taking a word and thinking about the attributes of the word, and asking yourself: How is God like ______?
As we continue our quest to WAKE UP our spiritual lives, engaging our minds is critical. Focusing on a "random" word enables to think new thoughts about something/someone. Or, in this case someOne (the Big Guy).
If you think of the word "water" you may think of drink, lake, river, waterfall, rain, flood, tears, etc. If you were to associate the word "water" with God, considering the many different attributes of water, you might say He: quenches my thirst, surrounds me with serenity, is captivating to behold, refreshes me, overwhelms me, dries my tears, etc.
Now you try. Take the word "fire" and write down 100 one-word and/or BRIEF attributes of fire. After you've reached 100 (or have exhausted yourself mentally), go back and consider each attribute and how God may be like that attribute. This exercise will help you WAKE UP your spiritual life in that it will get you thinking about the Big Guy, what He is like, what you think of Him and what He thinks of you.
Next - probably not at this sitting, but another time - if you have hard copy dictionary, think of a random page number and then a random number from 1 to 25 and start counting words from the top of the page until you reach the word that corresponds to the number you picked. If you don't have a dictionary, use an online version, and if it has a browse function (like dictionary.com) pick a letter from A to Z, type the letter, and then proceed to the word that associates with a random number you have picked.
Now, take a look at the word, write down as many attributes as you can think of, and again, make the associations with your concepts of the Big Guy.
Mull Him over
I hope you find the exercise helpful and that it gets you thinking about Him in new and refreshing ways. I hope the random words you choose get under the skin of your brain and cause you to mull Him over during the day in ways that will help you WAKE UP your spiritual life!
Let me know!
And...I would love for you to comment on this post with your random word and some of the attributes you came up with!